The project reaches another milestone
The Kaituna River rediversion project marked a significant milestone on 26 June, with the opening of the first of 12 culverts to restore freshwater flows into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi / Maketu Estuary.
Ngati Whakaue ki Maketu kaumatua Liam Tapsell led karakia to mark the occasion, accompanied by Te Maru o Kaituna chairman Dean Flavell, contractors and Regional Council project leaders.
The first culvert returns the flow to the level present before construction began. At the end of this year, the majority of the 12 culverts will be opened, significantly increasing the re-diverted flow (this is called Stage 1 Commissioning). These increased flows will be monitored for 12 months before full commissioning of all the culverts, which will restore 20 percent of the Kaituna River’s historic flow to the estuary.
The $16m project remains six months ahead of its scheduled completion date.